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Contact: Dena Matteson, 5733238028
EMINENCE, MO:Ozark National Scenic Riverways will offer several activities on June 18 and 19 in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. The Father's Day Fishing Weekend will include several activities at Round Spring and Alley Spring that will provide opportunities to spend a day with Dad enjoying the Riverways.
On Saturday, June 18, registered participants can learn about fishing with a park ranger on a float trip from Bay Creek to Alley Spring and wet a lure in the Jacks Fork trophy smallmouth bass area.Participants can expect to learn lure selection, fish identification, casting techniques, and catch/release practices.Canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices will be provided.Participants should provide personal gear, fishing equipment, and a valid Missouri fishing license.Pre-registration is required.Contact Ranger Josh Chilton at e-mail us, or (573)226-3945.
Fly fishing will be the focus of activities at Round Spring.On Saturday, June 18, join the Ozark Fly Fishing Association at campsite #28 in the Round Spring Campground for a display and information.A program on fly fishing will be conducted at 8:30 p.m. at the Round Spring amphitheater.On Sunday, June 19, fly fisherman Mark Van Patton will lead a fly fishing clinic from 10 a.m. to noon at the Round Spring Lower Landing.All equipment will be provided.Mr. Van Patton is a fisheries biologist for Missouri Department of Conservation and has spent 50 years pursuing any species of fish that can be enticed to take a hand-tied fly.For program information, contact Ranger Dave Tobey at e-mail us, or (573)323-8093.
These programs are part of a series of activities and events planned at Ozark National Scenic Riverways throughout 2016 to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service.We invite you to find your park and discover new activities and adventures in your own backyard!
For more information about the Riverways and upcoming centennial programs, call (573) 323-4236;visit the park's Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.